Monday, 28 August 2017

Help us to buy the books you want to read

We want to be sure that the books we buy are the books you actually need to support your work and learning.

We review publisher's catalogues, scan reading lists and peruse different web sites, but what we like best is when you tell us what you need.

That is where our books on approval scheme comes in.

Every two months our supplier sends us a selection of new publications on relevant health topics which are available for you to review and suggest titles for us to purchase (or sometimes, not to purchase!).

Our current selections will be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 6th of October. Topics covered include:
  • Anatomy
  • Medicine
  • Mental health, counselling, psychology and psychotherapy
  • Nursing
  • ...and many more
Of course we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous On Approvals) on our web site and all of our stock via the library catalogue.

Monday, 21 August 2017

August bank holiday closure

The Libraries will be unstaffed on Monday the 28th of August for the bank holiday.

Access will still be available for registered members via our swipe card system at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries (just don't forget to bring your library card!), but Isebrook Library will be closed.

We reopen as normal on Tuesday the 30th at all of our sites.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New books added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added a new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Web site of the month: Clinical Key

Clinical Key is a great resource containing lots of full text content and a host of other features. Aimed at practising clinicians, it's a really useful way to access evidence based information.

If you are a junior doctor, consultant, nurse or AHP, Clinical Key will have something to offer you.

Everything is discoverable using a simple search engine that recognises medical terminology and offers quick short cuts to the information you need.

The search engine offers a number of simple filters to increase the accuracy of your results and you can also select the type of content you want (books, journal articles, guidelines, etc.).  You can also browse for specific titles if you know what you are looking for.

Full text content includes
  • 1,400 topic pages giving an overview of disease diagnosis, risk factors, treatment and more
  • Over 600 electronic journals covering a broad range of specialities including the whole Lancet series
  • Over 1000 electronic books 
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
On top of all this content, Clinical Key also has a Presentation Maker which allows you to take images and add them to a PowerPoint presentation which you can download. It will even automatically add references as you go.

You can access Clinical Key online at, (and the site adapts well if you are using a tablet or smartphone). There is also a free app that allows for easy use on the go for Android and iOS (Apple) devices.

To access Clinical Key (and the app) all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started. If you register for an account on Clinical Key once you have logged in you will also be able to save your searches and content.